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The Perfect Revelation of the Lord (Psalm 19)

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor … Continue reading

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Abiding in Christ is essential to praying and receiving answers to prayer (John 15:7)

The “words” of Jesus here are all of his sayings, commands, and promises. Collectively they are the “word” mentioned in v. 3 that makes us clean before God. This is all the words not only of Jesus in the Gospels … Continue reading

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Abiding in Christ is essential because those who don’t abide are cast out (John 15:6)

There are two, and only two, alternatives: abide in or remain in the vine, and become a fruitful branch, or be cast out and burned. These are the two options, there is no third option. You are either in Christ … Continue reading

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Abiding in Christ is the only way to be fruitful in what matters (John 15:5)

There is a wide range of interpretations in the last two hundred years about the nature of this fruit. Some say it is “soul-winning,” though there’s nothing here that even remotely implies that. Others say this fruit is obedience or … Continue reading

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Abiding in Christ means learning dependence on Christ (John15:4)

To be fruitful (i.e., to grow and abound) spiritually, you must be dependent on the vine, which v. 1 identifies as Christ. This dependence is “continuous dependence on the vine, constant reliance upon him, persistent spiritual imbibing of his life” … Continue reading

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John 15:4 – “Abiding in Christ” is a Choice

To “abide” means to “remain” or to “dwell” to “continue” or to “endure.” When we talk about abiding in this sense of persevering or of remaining in Christ (John 15:4), we are not talking about whether or not you can … Continue reading

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James on True Faith vs Genuine Faith

2:1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also … Continue reading

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J. C. Ryle: “The saddest road to hell…”

“The saddest road to Hell is the one that runs under the pulpit, past the Bible, and through the middle of warnings and invitations.”   -J.C. Ryle

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Chesterton on not believing in God:

“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing. They then become capable of believing in anything.” This explains much of what is going on in our society at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Participating in idolatrous things not only makes you an idolator, it involves you with demons

Something I haven’t heard pointed out before from the pulpit about the food offered to idols in 1 Corinthians 10:19–20. Paul is not implying that food offered to idols is anything special, or that idols are anything special (10:19). The … Continue reading

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